Aug 10, 2022  
University Catalog 2022-2023 
University Catalog 2022-2023

Education, Urban Environmental Education, MA

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MA in Education: Urban Environmental Education
AU Seattle
Credits for Degree: 48 quarter credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Classroom
Standard time to completion: 15 months

Program Overview

Urban Environmental Education, MA (UEE) is designed for individuals committed to creating change as leaders and advocates who want to build capacity in communities to address environmental, social, and cultural issues. The Urban Environmental Education program’s coursework, practice, and reflection build the capacity of our graduates to integrate dynamic environmental leadership with social justice so that everyone plays a part in improving city environments.

Our ground-breaking master’s program addresses the theory and practice of urban environmental education, urban ecology, and community action and stewardship. In this emerging field of UEE, you will rethink traditional methods of place-based and experiential environmental education, develop new ways to connect people to their environment and community, and actively explore solutions to improve the sustainability and health of cities

Lead environmental change in diverse, urban

The Urban Environmental Education Master’s in Education program at Antioch University Seattle helps students take the next step in their professional careers to become leaders. Race, culture, equity, inclusion, and environmental leadership is advanced throughout the program. Theory is combined with practice as our faculty, students, community, and partners address environmental social justice issues and identify solutions together. Graduate classes are carried out in the city, on the streets, observing and investigating through the perspectives of those who live in our urban communities.

This dynamic intersection of environmental leadership and social justice drives the academic and the immersion in community practices of the MA in Education with Urban Environmental Education (UEE) program. We are looking for the new generation of educators and leaders who want to cultivate urban resilience and are needed to help create livable, resilient, and sustainable urban environments to ensure human and environmental well-being. Members of the UEE community, like yourself, will be responsible for pioneering change, leading progress, and instilling plans for a better future.

Embracing Diversity and Equity

Diversity, equity, and social justice are at the core of our academic program, student experience, and community relationships.  We are committed to advancing race, culture, equity, social justice, urban resilience, and inclusion in the environmental education field.

59% of our graduate students and alumni, as well as 55% of our faculty, identify as people of color. 96% = our program graduation rate. Our graduates are in leadership roles within the region and across the nation.  98% of program alumni employed in UEE-related positions

Program Highlights

The UEE is structured as a cohort model. The educational approaches will extend teaching and interdisciplinary learning to include youth and community development and environmental justice. The program prepares educators to work with communities by designing environmental education methods, place - based learning and community engagement as a means to authentically work within the complexity of urban neighborhoods. Educational efforts will take place in communities working closely with local organizations that focus on sustainability, resilience and environmental justice.

Concentration/Endorsement Options

Concentration areas are selected or designed by students in cooperation with an advisor. Students can combine courses, independent studies and collaboration projects. Areas of specific interest include Environmental and Sustainability Education, First Peoples’ Education and Adult Education, among others.

Degree Requirements

The UEE program is a 48-credit program (you may transfer up to 12 graduate-level credits) featuring academic courses and an embedded practicum experience. The program is run as a high-touch cohort model.

Courses begin in the Summer with an orientation and a three-week learning intensive. Classes in the Fall, Winter, and Spring run two days a week (Mondays and Fridays). Three days of each week, students work in paid practicum. Friday classes include a reflective seminar praxis in action that focuses on the application of theory to practice in community-based organizations.

Transfer into the UEE program

  • Applicants who began a graduate program at another regionally accredited university may request a transfer credit evaluation
  • Courses are reviewed for equivalent content on a course-by-course basis. Official transcripts and course syllabi for all requested courses must be submitted
  • Candidates may transfer up to 12 credits

Antioch BA completion students Graduate Pathways

Graduate level MAEd courses successfully taken as an undergraduate may be subsequently applied to the MAEd degree, up to 12 credits, if the student is successfully admitted to the MAEd program.

Pathway Partnerships: We are working with several Environmental Education organizations to build pathway partnerships where you will be able to take ‘Pathway” courses that can be transferred into the UEE program, the BA Completion program, or the Antioch University campus programs.

Inquire with the UEE about Pathway programs near you!

Admission Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the general admission requirements of Antioch Seattle, applicants must have:

  • BA or BS degree

Admissions decisions will consider:

  • Cumulative GPA
  • A current resume
  • Structured admissions interview
  • Essay

Current Tuition and Fees

University Tuition and Fees  

Plan of Study

Core Knowledge Areas (16 quarter credits, satisfied by required courses)

Required UEE Courses (48 quarter credits)

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